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Michael Shepherd

About Michael Shepherd

Michael Shepherd joined the Bangor Daily News in 2015 after covering state, federal and local issues for the Kennebec Journal for three years. He's a Hallowell native who now lives in Gardiner. He graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 and is a graduate student at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service.

Republicans send reinforcements for LePage’s campaign against Medicaid expansion

Good morning from Augusta, where a group of Republicans is expected to express concern about the wording of Maine’s 2017 Medicaid expansion referendum on Tuesday, showing that it’s not going to go unanswered in the public domain. Former Maine Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett, Rep. Heather Sirocki, R-Scarborough, and other elected officials will be headlining […]

Collins: ‘Too difficult to say’ if Trump will be GOP nominee in 2020

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins told MSNBC on Monday that “it’s too difficult to say” whether President Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee when he runs for re-election in 2020. Even if it was just a simple way for the moderate Republican to parry a question she can’t know the answer to, it comes as Trump is struggling with approval […]

A Maine congressional candidate is trying to out-LePage LePage

Last week brought more national attention for Gov. Paul LePage after he blamed “both sides” for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, but it’s Maine Republican figure who made that case with more vigor and coordination. That’s Mark Holbrook, a counselor from Brunswick who is running against U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat from Maine’s 1st District […]

Pingree, King: States should reconsider Confederate statues in the U.S. Capitol

Two members of Maine’s congressional delegation said this week that southern states should consider replacing statues of Confederate figures in the U.S. Capitol following last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The weekend’s events started as a white nationalist protest against removing a statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general during the American Civil War. On Saturday, a car allegedly driven […]

York County casino bid to be Question 1 on Maine’s 2017 ballot

The drive for Maine’s third casino in York County will be Question 1 on Maine’s 2017 ballot and a push to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will be Question 2, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s office said Wednesday. The order of those two questions was decided in a random drawing by Dunlap on Wednesday afternoon. A $105 million transportation bond will be Question 3 and a constitutional amendment affecting Maine’s pension system […]

The charlatan who grew Maine’s KKK and how it flamed out

Good morning from Augusta. The weekend’s news was dominated by the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white nationalist sympathizing with demonstrators there killed a woman after he allegedly plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters with a car. It began with a protest of Charlottesville’s pending move to take down a statue of Confederate General […]

Lawyers for York County casino backers: We don’t know about China-linked PAC

Three lawyers representing backers of the York County casino referendum on Maine’s 2018 ballot said Thursday they didn’t know in advance about a political committee with ties to China joining the race to pass their proposal. The Maine Ethics Commission is already investigating a political committee run by Lisa Scott — the sister of U.S. Virgin Islands developer […]

Shadowy poll suggests problems for Susan Collins if she runs for governor

Good morning from Augusta, where we were caught off-guard on Tuesday by an early, shadowy poll in Maine’s 2018 gubernatorial race that looks aimed to ward off U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who is considering running to replace Gov. Paul LePage. The conservative governor has escalated an intra-Republican Party war against the moderate senator since her […]

Why no one is happy even though the Legislature is finally leaving Augusta

Good morning from Augusta, where the 128th Legislature finally wrapped up its first session Wednesday with far less camaraderie and good will than on the day it opened nine months ago. Here’s a recap: Gov. Paul LePage won more than he lost on veto day, but he wasn’t satisfied after lawmakers bucked him to raise […]

LePage issues 25 new vetoes, jeopardizing several public health proposals

Gov. Paul LePage issued 25 vetoes on Tuesday, setting up a marathon Wednesday round of override votes in the Maine Legislature and endangering bills to raise the state’s tobacco-buying age to 21 and ban cellphone use while driving. The Republican governor said last week that he vetoed those bills and called them examples of “social engineering,” but the vetoes weren’t official […]